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District Being Sued Over Ambulance Response Time

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The District is being sued over a shortage of first responders one evening earlier this year.
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The District is being sued over a shortage of first responders one evening earlier this year.

Relatives of a man who died while waiting for an ambulance in the District are suing the city.

The $12 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city's Fire and EMS Department was filed this week in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Durand Ford Sr.

Ford died on Jan. 1. The lawsuit claims an ambulance from neighboring Prince George's County arrived 30 to 40 minutes after the emergency call was made — too late for emergency technicians to save him, according to the complaint.

Records show about 90 firefighters called in sick on that New Year's Eve. Fire department officials say the absences left the department dangerously understaffed as the year began.

The firefighters' union denies there was a coordinated sick-out.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

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